Saturday, January 18, 2014

Online environment, sanitation conference (e-NESCON) launched in Ghana

Source: WasteCare

A web based special National Environmental Sanitation Conference (e-NESCON) was launched in Ghana in December 2013.

The essence is for stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector throughout the country to have a common and easily to access platform to discuss issue that are hindering the sector as well as find solutions to the effects.

According to WasteCare, a WASH consultancy outlet that supported the launch of e-NESCON 2013, the initiative is “To enable us dialogue and take issues forward on important environmental sanitation issues and happenings since the last event of a face-to-face, NESCON 2011”.

The theme for e-NESCON 2013 was "Clean communities, indigenous technologies and value-for-money services" conveys the need for tackling and overcoming all aspects of filthy conditions in communities.

“We had anticipated that NESCON will be held every two years after the 2011 event but the challenges of funding has constrained us from hosting a live, face-to-face, in-person event this year”, the WASH firm noted in a statement.

It indicated that due to lack of funds to continuously organize the conference, the creativity of young information technology experts were engaged to put together an online version of NESCON in order for stakeholders to still get to engage via the internet.

Hence, e-NESCON 2013 therefore “Fills the gap and keep discussions alive particularly as we approach the last 2 years of the MDG target-year of 2015”.


The leading conference that brings on all sector stakeholders to discuss all aspects of environmental sanitation across rural and urban areas – policies, plans, programmes and projects on excreta and solid waste management, sewage and night-soil treatment and disposal, sullage and stormwater conveyance, health-facility wastes management, education, promotion and behavior change strategies, regulation and enforcement management, investment planning, lessons exchange and practical demonstration on MINT – materials-in-Transition – including harvesting of by-products such as gas from biomass (Landfill gas and biogas from wastewater), composts, wastewater re-use and more.

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